145: Storm Kirk on Community and Gardening
Building a strong community through organic gardening and sustainable practices.
Storm lives on the South Fork of the Cosumnes River in Northern California with her husband Allen and her youngest child Savannah. She is the founder of “Wings on the Wind Healing Arts Center and Sanctuary.” The center is located on her organic farm, where they raise food, herbs, alpacas, and chickens.
She has a bachelor degree in Metaphysical Science, is an ordained minister, a natural health practitioner, artist, author, herbalist, and Reiki Master. She has certifications in Advanced Pastoral Psychology, Herbology, Reflexology, Acupressure, Crystal Healing, Vibrational Healing, Flower Essences, and Survival Skills. She authored the book “A Pocket Full of Angels” and self-published in 2014.
In This Podcast:
Greg meets another kindred spirit in Storm Kirk with her connection to gardening, making a difference in the community, trusting in nature, and making a choice to be happy every day. Storm shares her story of how she started gardening with no skills or experience and is now the founder of a very special place for healing and learning. Storm worked to build a connection in her community so that even the front entrance evokes wonder and peace. Her organic gardens are central to her program teaching self-sustainability and her animals have many duties including helping guests heal.
Listen in to Learn About:
- How she started gardening to makes ends meet with a new home and three children and no experience
- Then she decided to quit her job after her daughter passed and start over with a new path and fulfill a dream with healing and self-sustaining lifestyle
- Wings on the Wind Healing Arts Center and Sanctuary that they opened full time
- How the Center is paradise in an organic farm, with interactive animals for healing, a genesa crystal, art classes, and counseling while teaching organic gardening, healthy eating, self-sufficiency
- How they use alpacas to help their guests find peace and tranquility
- What a Genesa crystal is and what is used for
- The apple tree that was highly productive and then had a branch break with lots of unripe apples and was still very useful and what they used it for
- How nothing is wasted on her property
- How her gardens let her know that new people are coming
- How she is building community by sharing and connecting with her neighbors
- How she has intense gratitude in her life and she feels that it is important to have gratitude for the things in your life
- How her daughter’s passing gave her the gift of so many people to love and help
- How they teach their guests that everything they do is a choice, including not choosing
- How she prefers to use her wood cook stove or her sun oven or BBQ over using an electric stove
- How she uses nature to cool her home instead of air conditioning
- How she observed how the sun moved to make sure her gardens worked
- Her closest city is 23 miles outside of the small town her Center is in
- They produce about 80% of their own food
- Her successful attempt to sun dry zucchini
- She grows, cooks, cans, freeze-dries, sun dries, and everything
- Her plans for how to have electricity if the grid goes down
- How she has white carpet and white furniture even living in the country
- How she participated in the state water conservation efforts despite the being labeled a farm and not being required to cut back by working with nature
As well as:
- How she does not consider anything in her life was a “failure” but how she walked away from a negative relationship and realized she had given up too much of herself and had not realized it until she was looking back
- How she believes that a person is of no use to anyone unless they take care of themselves first
- She considers her whole life a success and there is not one thing she would change
- What drives her is: love….
- Her advice is “never be afraid to do anything, just jump in and do it”
Book written by Storm:
A Pocket Full of Angels
Storm’s Recommended Books:
Perelandra Garden Workbook by Machelle Small Wright
Survival Skills of Native California by Paul Campbell
Country Wisdom and Know-how by Storey Publishers
The Trust Frequency, the High Road to Happiness by Andrew Cameron Bailey and Connie Baxter Marlow
How to reach Storm:
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